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Foundations for Leadership 

September 27 - 29, 2016 

March/April, 2017 (TBD)

Facilitated by Peter Senge, Robert Hanig and Yolanda Hegngi

The Warren Center, Ashland, MA


Program Overview

Deepen your capacity to lead effectively and learn how to create an adaptive, flexible learning organization. Explore what it takes to create an environment where leadership is a shared responsibility, naturally embedded in the fabric of an organization and community.

This intensive, interactive, three-day program is based on the leadership development process described in The Fifth Discipline, by Peter Senge, identified as a seminal management book by Harvard Business Review. The essence of leadership concerns the capacity of a human community to shape its future. Foundations for Leadership delves into both the personal and inherently collective aspects of leadership. At the workshop, special attention is given to the domains of personal mastery, mental models, and systems thinking as they apply to leading and initiating meaningful change.


Program Objectives

As a Foundations for Leadership Participant You Will:
  • Learn and practice the five disciplines of organizational learning
  • Understand how underlying systemic structures shape behavior and how to recognize and shift those structures
  • Explore underlying beliefs and assumptions and their impact on your capacity to lead effectively
  • Develop a vision for your organization and for yourself
  • Facilitate conversations that promote learning and collaboration
  • Experience the development of a learning community among the participants
  • Gain a new set of tools and an understanding of how to facilitate meaningful change, both for yourself, and within your community or organization

At the workshop, you will connect with and benefit from the perspectives of colleagues from a wide range of organizations from around the world. The special contribution of this leadership course emerges as participants make the profound connections between personal mastery and systems thinking, seeing that deep change in systems and in oneself are inseparable from each other.



This intentionally small workshop includes interactive lectures, paired and small group exercises, a simulation game, large group dialogue and regular opportunities for personal reflection.


Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for everyone committed to deepening their capacity for effective leadership
  • Seasoned and emerging leaders from all sizes and types of organizations and communities, with and without "formal” authority
  • Leaders who seek an opportunity for renewal
  • Leadership teams from across organizations
  • Leaders who are passionate about making meaningful change for their organizations, society and themselves 

Teams are encouraged to attend to further develop their collective leadership.

Past Participants

Boeing, Girl Scouts of America, U.S. Navy, Bayer, Xerox, Noroeste Sustentable, Raytheon, MIT, SC Telco Federal Credit Union, World Wildlife Fund, Linea Directa, S.A., DuPont, Colorado State University, National Park Service, Prudential, Shell, Environmental Defense Fund, Nike, American Cancer Society, Yale University, Springfield Middle School, The World Bank Group, WWF.

A Look Inside the Program


Program Facilitators


Peter Senge is a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Founding Chair of SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning. He is the author of the widely acclaimed book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization (1990), which has sold a million copies worldwide and was identified as one of the seminal management books of the last seventy-five years by Harvard Business Review in 1997. He is coauthor of The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook (1994), with colleagues Charlotte Roberts, Rick Ross, Bryan Smith, and Art Kleiner; a second fieldbook on sustaining change, The Dance of Change (1999), with George Roth as an additional coauthor; and the award-winning Schools That Learn (2000), coauthored with Nelda Cambron-McCabe, Timothy Lucas, Bryan Smith, Janis Dutton, and Art Kleiner.      

Robert Hanig currently maintains a private consulting practice. He was formerly a partner with Dialogos International, LLC., as well as a Vice President with Innovation Associates, Inc. and Arthur D. Little, and the Director of the Leadership Practice. At ADL, Robert directed both the companies’ public training offerings and in-house programs for clients focused on large system change. Robert’s client list includes Motorola, British Petroleum (BP), Intel, Nike, AT&T, UNOCAL, Shell Oil, SABIC, and the World Bank. He also works extensively with Peter Senge and was a member of the governing council of the SoL.

Yolanda Hegngi is committed to the growth and development of leaders and their organizations. In the last 6 years she has been supporting leaders in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas and is part of a SoL team that conducts leadership development programs in the World Bank Group, the International Monetary Fund and other organizations. As Founder and Managing Partner of Stimulus Management Consulting, she supports leaders around the world with large group strategic planning, conference moderating and teambuilding. She also contributes to transforming the educational sector in Cameroon through leadership development programs and conference in Cameroon and Africa.


Cost of Attendance


For SoL North America Members

Business: $3,690 (Tuition $3.195 + Program-related fee $495*)
Non-profit: $2,990 (Tuition $2,495 + Program-related fee $495*)

For Non-Members

Business $4,490: (Tuition $3,995 + Program-related fee $495*)
Non-profit $3,490: (Tuition $2,995 + Program-related fee $495*)

*Mandatory program-related fee includes program materials and food/beverage each day (breakfast, am/pm breaks, lunch, and dinner) as well as an evening reception on the second day.


Additional Discounts

Discount for teams of five or more people. Contact us for details. 

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